With all of this race stuff in the news/media, I (once again) re-examined MY central beliefs on prejudice to ensure I was not being hippocritical or anything before I said my peace.
I have a friend who told me about an incident with her child that happened not too long ago in a local fast food restaurant. Her son (age 4) went to play on the playground and was told by other kids close to his age that the playground was for "whites only". Upon hearing this, I was enraged and deeply saddened. The fact that it was said TO one child from another CHILD just could not compute in my brain. The fact that here in 2017 anyone would use the "whites only" phrase, let alone teach it to their kids is one of the most illogical things I have ever come across. I mean, did everyone suddenly fail science or forget their basic human biology class? Do you NOT know where the different pigmentation of skin comes from? Even if you don't understand the theories of adaptation, we were all taught that we belong to the same species. It shouldn't matter. You're not going to suddenly become black if you associate with, drink from the same fountain, play in the same playground, or anything else as a black person...just like they don't suddenly become white, so why try to separate anything? There is NO clear and present danger from these simple behaviors just bc someone is a different race!
I don't believe we can fix every social problem we have in our society. There will always be discrimination. There will always be some uneducated yahoo that does so out of his/her ignorance. But for those of you who have shown the capability of using your brain in other areas, you should be able to deduce and recall these facts.
For those of you who are in support of racial superiority and purity, get your DNA tested then get back to me.
So, I'd like to make these statements:
•I believe a person's skills, education, or ability to learn should determine whether he or she is employed. Legislation had to be enacted bc eejits decided to base hiring on race, ethnicity, sex, or sexual preference rather than being able to trust employers to do the right thing. Because of the bad/ignorant, the good suffer.
•I believe hatred is taught. If you find yourself hating someone based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, ask yourself why. I tend to give people more credit than they deserve, but seriously...ask yourself why. Is it something you were taught? Were you taught that you were superior bc of your skin color? If so, ask yourself to find the scientific evidence to prove it so. For me and mine, I may not agree with your choices, but I try to make certain that IF I "judge" you (for lack of a better word), I do so based on my opinion of the content of your character.
•Protesting can be done without violence. Though often confused with rioting,as it seems to be these days, the two are NOT the same. Protesting is standing up for perceived injustices withOUT damaging people OR property, and this also includes blocking the flow of traffic (which actually IS illegal, btw). Rioting, looting, and the like are detestable behaviors. Violence only begets violence. Remember when you were a kid and your sibling hit you? Didn't you get in as much, if not more, trouble for doing so? Saying, "They started it" was never a viable excuse, right?
Well, what makes anyone think it's okay to riot and loot bc of someone else got punched. Now, this does not include self defense. If someone hits you and won't stop hitting you and you cannot get away UNLESS you hit them back, please by all means defend yourself. I'm talking physical violence, not being hit in a metaphorical way. If you are being oppressed and metaphorically hit, then by all means stand up for yourself but don't cause innocent people to suffer. By causing an innocent person to suffer, it could be said you're stooping to their level. You should rise above. You are better than the worst of your enemies. I'm not saying lay down and take it, either. I'm saying use your brain before brawn.
•For those in the minority groups, I can empathize. I can comprehend the words used to describe your struggle, but I'll never know what it's like. I only know what my experiences and education have shown me. I understand and comprehend your struggle because I have experienced discrimination based on my sex. Being female in the south in a male-dominated culture, you learn quickly that things are not equal. You are taught more domestic things than your male counter parts. You see your brothers, male cousins, etc growing up with Mom still doing their laundry until they get married and their wife does it. You are perceived as ignorant (even though I have a college degree) and often taken advantage of when it comes to cars (even if your dad taught you how to break one down and how to figure out what was wrong with it). So, I use that experience as a launch pad for understanding.
•For those shouting, "but it's my heritage". Fine. That's cool. I have my heritage. I don't force you to celebrate my heritage (which is a mixture of cultures), don't expect someone to celebrate yours. This goes for every human being. We are Americans, a giant mixture of various cultures that has sprung forth a unique culture of it's own. We have no specific culture, so all cultures deserve our respect. It's our duty to preserve history in our museums and acknowledge the good and bad so that we do not repeat our mistakes.
Finally, I love you all. There is only a few things in this world that fill my heart with hate--rapists, child abusers, pedophiles, and cold-blooded murderers. I admit, I was taught you're not supposed to hate. But those individuals that commit those crimes? They're not even human, in my eyes. You cannot have humanity and harm an innocent person with no cause whatsoever.